Férat, Serge. (1881–1958)
"Arlequin de Cirque" - Painting
Mixed media painting, primarily ink and gouache on pressed paperboard, depicting a circus harlequin atop a horse. Gentle rippling, unevenly trimmed, toning and foxing to edges and reverse, mounting remnants to verso, else fine, 6.5 x 7.5 inches (16.5 x 19 cm) with frame.
Born into a wealthy family as Serguei Nicolaiveich Jastrebzov in Russia, Férat moved from Moscow to Paris at the age of 20. There he became friends with Picasso who turned him onto Cubism and he became centrally involved in the Parisian avant-garde scene, creating costume designs as well as floral still life, cubist compositions and more. In 1906, he exposed at the Salon des Independents, and created a number of illustrations. Apollinaire coined the name “Serge Ferat” for him, and the young Russian painter began to sign that as his name shortly thereafter. He collaborated with Apollinaire on the play Les mamelles de Tirésias and remained in France for the rest of his life.
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